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 This Month In Lambton 

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 Council Approves 2019 County Budget

Lambton County Council has approved a net increase of 1.75% to the County property tax levy, finalizing the County's 2019 Budget earlier this month.  In total, the budget calls for spending $216.5 million in 2019, $76.7 million of which will be raised through local property taxes.

Council committed to contributing $250,000 from its Opportunities and Contingencies Reserve to the Lambton Children's Safety Village project, contingent upon support for the project from local school boards, the delivery to Council of a full report detailing how the Safety Village will operate, and the issuance of the project's related building permit.

50 capital projects totaling an estimated $20.4 million will proceed in 2019, including the replacement of Bear Creek Bridge, the resurfacing of various County roads, and the reconstruction of portions of County Road #2 (Bentpath Line), County Road #80 (Courtright Line), and County Road #9 (Northville Road).

$6.4 million will be directed to various reserves and reserve funds in 2019, which are used to finance large, necessary projects that may arise in the future or to pay for unexpected opportunities and emergencies.

 County Receives Funding to Expand Adult Day Programs

 The County of Lambton has received $50,000 from the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to strengthen its offering of Adult Day Programs to local residents.  The funding, through the Ontario Dementia Strategy, has allowed the County to add an extra day's worth of programming to its Adult Day Program sites at Marshall Gowland Manor in Sarnia and Lambton Meadowview Villa in Petrolia.

Adult Day Programs

Saturday programming has been added to the Sarnia site, expanding its operating hours to Monday through Saturday.  Monday programming has been added to the Petrolia site's schedule, broadening its availability to Monday through Friday.  The addition is expected to significantly shorten waitlists for the program, which was attended over 6,700 times in 2018.

County of Lambton Day Programs are designed to benefit individuals of all ages by offering a wide range of physical and cognitive activities that keep the body and mind stimulated.  From recreation to rehabilitations, Day Programs offer professional, individualized care and meaningful activities to encourage and maintain independence, and provide participants with the opportunity to live a fuller, more engaged life.  The program also offers companionship and respect for participants, while providing respite and support to caregivers.

To learn more about Adult Day Programs in the County of Lambton, visit or follow the Long-Term Care Division on Facebook by searching for "Lambton Cares."

 Full Bridge Closure for Rehabilitation

County Road #9 (Nauvoo Road) between Birnam Line and Brick Yard Line is scheduled to be closed for up to eight weeks, weather permitting, for the rehabilitation of the Bear Creek Bridge.  Work is scheduled to get underway April 1.  No through traffic will be permitted.  Local traffic will be permitted up to the construction zone.

Bear Creek Bridge project

 Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The County, in conjunction with Clean Harbors Canada Inc., hosts several household hazardous waste collection events throughout the year. These events provide Lambton County residents the opportunity to properly dispose of potentially dangerous waste from their homes and protect our environment at the same time. Collection events at Clean Harbors’ facility at 4090 Telfer Road, St. Clair Township, are scheduled to occur from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturdays: March 30, April 27, May 25, June 29, September 28, and October 26. For more information, visit

household hazardous waste collection event

 Lights on for Safety

Vehicles for the Canadian market have been equipped with day-time running lights since December 1, 1989.  If your vehicle was built after that date, and is functioning properly, its headlights should come on when the vehicle is started.  Did you know however that it is currently not mandatory for taillights to come on with the headlights?  The taillights of many vehicles do turn on automatically, but many do not.

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It is essential that drivers be able to see other vehicles on the road.  This is much more challenging during conditions of poor visibility such as heavy fog, snow or darkness.  If you aren't absolutely certain that your tail lights come on automatically, read your vehicle's owner's manual or have someone check your tail lights from a safe location.  Alternatively, turn your vehicle lights on whenever you drive in low-light and low-visibility situations.  Visit for more information.

 The Judith & Norman Alix Foundation Accepting Funding Applications

The Judith & Norman Alix Foundation is once again receiving funding applications for local capital projects.  The Foundation will be moving to a single annual applicant intake in 2019.  Applications will be received until Monday, April 1, 2019, with successful projects announced later that month.  To be eligible for funding, projects must be located in Lambton County.  Additional eligibility criteria can be found on The Foundation's website,

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 Lambton Renovates

The County of Lambton is now accepting 2019 applications for funding through the Lambton Renovates Program, which offers financial assistance to eligible households as follows:

* One-time assistance in the form of a 10-year forgivable loan, secured by registration on title, for home repairs to a maximum of $20,000 per household.
* One-time assistance in the form of a grant, which does not require repayment, for accessibility improvements to a maximum of $5,000 per household.

home renovations

For more information on eligible households and repair costs, click on the "Housing Services" tab under the "Residents" heading at

 The Oil Museum of Canada Presents: Looking For Spring

Families and members of the general public are invited April 5th to attend Looking for Spring at the Oil Museum of Canada.  This family friendly event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included with regular admission, visitors will be able to participate in activities designed just for the day. Enjoy creating several themed crafts, making a biodegradable bird feeder to take home, and geocaching on the museum grounds. GPS units will be available at the museum for use for the day courtesy of Lambton County Libraries.  For more information please contact the Oil Museum of Canada.

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 Paint Ontario Show

Lambton Heritage Museum will once again play host to the popular Paint Ontario show. The exhibition runs March 29 to April 20, 2019 and features over 200 original paintings that bring to life the beauty, character, and diversity of Ontario.  An Opening Night Reception will be held from 4 - 9 p.m., Friday, March 29 with an awards presentation beginning at 7 p.m.  Admission to the event is free.

Paint Ontario Show

Admission to the Paint Ontario show is $5 for adults, $4 for students, and $3 for children.  The Lambton Heritage Museum is open for the exhibition from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekends.

For more information on Lambton Heritage Museum, visit or follow the museum on Facebook.



 Looking Ahead

Warden Bill Weber
Warden Bill Weber
County of Lambton

9:30 a.m., Apr 3 - Lambton County Council
9 a.m. & 1 p.m., Apr. 17 - Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.

9:30 a.m., May 1 - Lambton County Council
9 a.m. & 1 p.m., May 15 - Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.

Agendas for past and present Committee and Council meetings is available here.  Open Sessions of Lambton County Council are streamed live and are also available for archival viewing for a period of one year by clicking on the "Streamed Council Meetings" tab on the County's home page.

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